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Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe

Highlights for 29 January, 2013

On Tuesday, 29 January, the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) heard a report from the contact group on proposed compromise texts on national forest programmes, monitoring and reporting, which the full INC integrated into the draft negotiating text.

A video conference was held with two of the independent consultants who were asked by the Chair to prepare an analysis of the options for bringing the LBA under the UN umbrella. The consultants outlined their findings and answered questions from delegates. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed the financial, procedural and practical implications of various options for hosting the agreement under the UN umbrella. These organizations and the European Forest Institute (EFI) outlined how they might serve as the agreement secretariat. Germany reiterated its offer to host the LBA secretariat.

In the afternoon plenary, the four proposed texts on compliance were reviewed briefly, and delegates agreed to discuss this in detail during a working group session on Wednesday. The plenary also discussed provisions regarding the conference of parties (COP), secretariat and final clauses.

A contact group met in the evening to discuss proposals regarding biodiversity, protective functions in forest management, and ecosystem services.
Ramada Plaza Antalya
A view of the Ramada Plaza Antalya, venue for INC-Forest3
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A view of the dais

Liubov Poliakova, Jan Heino and Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine (center), conferred with INC Chair Jan Heino (left) and INC Secretary Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs (right) before the session.
Görkem Firdevs Dege, Damla Mülazımoğlu and Elena Estrada Wilke
Görkem Firdevs Dege (left) and Damla Mülazımoğlu (center), Aress Turizm, chatted with Elena Estrada Wilke (right), FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit, Madrid, before the session.
Jan Heino
INC Chair Jan Heino, Finland
Huma Ulgen
Huma Ulgen, Doğa Koruma Merkezi - Nature Conservation Centre, Turkey
Arsen Proko
Arsen Proko, Albania
Predrag Jovic
Predrag Jovic, Serbia
Risto Paivinen
Risto Paivinen, European Forest Institute
Jarkko Koskela
Jarkko Koskela, Bioversity International
Paola Deda
Paola Deda, UNECE
Barbara Ruis
Barbara Ruis, UNEP
Manuela Cuvi
Manuela Cuvi, FAO
Consultants fielded questions from participants via a videoconference.
Ana Belén Noriega Bravo, Elena Estrada Wilke and Luisa Cabello
Ana Belén Noriega Bravo, Elena Estrada Wilke and Luisa Cabello, FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit, Madrid, conferred during the session.
Aljoscha Requardt
Aljoscha Requardt, Confederation of European Forest Owners
Ivonne Higuero
Ivonne Higuero, UNEP
Noel Holleran
Noel Holleran, speaking for the EU and Croatia
Peter Csoka
Peter Csoka, FAO
Matthias Schwoerer
Matthias Schwoerer, Germany
Heikki Granholm
Heikki Granholm, Finland
EU delegates
EU delegates chatted before the session.
Swiss Strategic Toblerone Reserve
Christoph Düerr and Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland, checked their supply of Toblerone chocolate bars.
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Around the INC
Fishermen and boat
Local fishermen sat on the rocks while a tour boat cruised by.
Ocean-view pool
The venue's ocean-view pool tempted participants to return in warmer months.
Related Links
Meeting resources
*Meeting website and documents
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Draft negotiating text
*Oslo Mandate
*INC-Forests1 website
*INC-Forests2 website

Other resources
*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UNFF (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*Global forest policy backgrounder
*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy
*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy
*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Adressing International Sustainable Land
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing Sustainable Water and Sanitation
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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